Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Politics Did Influence Black Panther Voter Intimidation Dismissal

In a case that decided whether the watchdog group, Judicial Watch, could receive fees and costs associated with the New Black Panthers litigation, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton held that:
“documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision.”

Government Motors Lies

Is the Chinese operation part of GM or not. It depends. 
General Motors is changing its tune on its relationship with Shanghai GM, one of the company’s Chinese joint ventures.

Greg Martin, executive director of communications strategy for GM, told The Daily Caller in May 2011 that Shanghai GM “is a completely separate and distinct business entity based in China that has no organizational or financial ties whatsoever” with the Detroit car maker.

“It  is not GM,” Martin said then. “It is not GM money. And it is in no shape or form, or indirectly, taxpayer money.”

Now Martin is telling a different tale as his company reported record sales in China, where sales jumped 10 percent from last year.

“Shanghai GM is GM,” Martin told TheDC on Friday. “We make money, they make money.”
Martin said Friday he had “no idea” why the discrepancy between his statements exists, but said “I probably had a good riff going at the time.”

Everything Is Racist

LINDA WERTHEIMER, NPR HOST: So today is Poland. Why is he stopping in Poland. What does he hope to accomplish with that?
Cokie Roberts: Well, I think part of it was a desire to portray President Obama as something of a wimp, and say he's abandoned Eastern Europe. But look, you remember well the Reagan Democrats. Those ethnic white voters who had been Democrats for many years; turned out for Ronald Reagan, and have been fairly predictable Republicans since then. Now it's a smaller percentage of the population -- of the voting population -- than it used to be, but white voters are still much more Republican than any other group in the electorate. They went for McCain in 2008 by 55%. And I think that getting those ethnic voters excited is really what Romney has in mind here. It's more for the folks at home -- the descendents of the people that he will be speaking to -- in Poland.
Does anybody remember when Cokie Roberts was a serious journalist? Neither do I.

Congressional Democrats Dump Pelosi

A third of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives have declined to donate to Nancy Pelosi's Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
We've reported here and here about the mounting number of Democrats who will not be following President Obama to Charlotte for his reelection party. 

Today comes word that an even more significant number of Democrats are abandoning Rep. Nany Pelosi in her time of need as the Democratic Congressional Committee has tried and failed to get fellow Democratic congresspeople to pony up their dues for the November election.

"64 Democrats — around one-third of the entire caucus — hadn’t paid anything to the DCCC, according to a party document provided to POLITICO. Another 109 members had paid only a portion of what they owe in dues, which are calculated based on seniority and committee assignments." 

The DCCC needs the money to help its members campaign for reelection and election against surging Republicans, who have made sure their party's coffers are full. 

"In June, GOP members flooded the National Republican Congressional Committee with nearly $6.4 million. The DCCC secured just $1.8 million from Democratic lawmakers."

Obama Loses $20 Million In Desert Solar Project

"Solar plant in Vegas gets $20M govt cash & fails. Great. Obama found a way to lose money investing in solar company located in desert."

Romney Promises To End Federal Wind Energy Subsidies

Wind turbines aren't built to generate electricity. They're built to generate subsidies. As of about a year ago, there were 14,000 fully functional wind turbines sitting idle because their federal subsidies expired. 

Mitt Romney’s campaign said Monday that he wants longstanding tax credits that help finance wind energy projects to expire at year’s end, providing a stark political contrast with President Obama, who is pushing Congress to renew the incentive.

Campaign aides confirmed that Romney wants the quick demise of the credits, which will lapse in less than six months absent congressional action, ending uncertainty about how he wants to phase out the credits.

“He will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits,” Shawn McCoy, a spokesman for Romney’s Iowa campaign, said in a statement to The Des Moines Register.

“Wind energy will thrive wherever it is economically competitive, and wherever private sector competitors with far more experience than the president believe the investment will produce results,” McCoy said.

Leftists Laugh At Assassination Spoof

You wouldn't dare do this with a Democrat as your target.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Obama Immunity To Reality

Contrary to the abundance of evidence that his "green jobs" initiative is a flop, Obama won't give up on it. In fact, in his own words: "I don't get it!"
Energy was a particular obsession of the president-elect's, and therefore a particular source of frustration. Week after week, [White House economic adviser Christina] Romer would march in with an estimate of the jobs all the investments in clean energy would produce; week after week, Obama would send her back to check the numbers. "I don't get it," he'd say. "We make these large-scale investments in infrastructure. What do you mean, there are no jobs?" But the numbers rarely budged.
This anecdote is particularly ironic given Obama's claim that Romney "doesn't know how the economy as a whole."
Obama doesn't even understand the one tiny sector of the economy about which he claims as his own.

E J Dionne And The Clueless Left

One of the greatest assets that we conservatives have at our disposal is the utter cluelessness of leftists like E J Dionne.
Here are the two great campaign mysteries at midsummer: Why does Mitt Romney appear to be getting so much traction from ripping a few of President Obama's words out of context? And why aren't Romney and other Republicans moving to the political center as the election approaches?

Both mysteries point to an important fact about the 2012 campaign: For conservatives, this is a go-for-broke election. They and a Republican Party now under their control hope to eke out a narrow victory in November on the basis of a quite radical program that includes more tax cuts for the rich, deep reductions in domestic spending, big increases in military spending, and a sharp rollback in government regulation.
First of all, those few words weren't taken out of context. In fact, they are more devastating when the entire speech is replayed.  And it's not just a couple of words. Remember these words: "It worked." The private sectors is "doing fine." "Those shovel-read jobs were not as shovel ready as we expected." "Spread the wealth around."

And of course, there's the little issue of a moribund economy, a horrible health care reform plan and deficits such as the world has never seen before.

Howard Kurtz Scolds New York Times

For not emphasizing Sally Ride's sexual orientation. Maybe that's because she didn't emphasize it and for once the New York Times chose to act as journalists rather than advocates. And maybe it's because she rose to prominence during a Republican administration who judged her on her skill set rather than her private life. 

Let's be honest, it's the Democrats who would have done it the other way around.

Obama Worse Than Carter

According to Dick Cheney. I think Cheney's being way too kind.
“Obviously, I’m not a big fan of President Obama,” Cheney said in an interview that aired Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I think he’s been one of our weakest presidents. I fundamentally disagree with him, philosophically. You’d be hard put to find any Democratic president that I’ve disagreed with more.”
“Worse than Jimmy Carter, from your perspective?” ABC’s Jon Karl asked him.


Cheney, whose hard line on terrorism came to define his public image, gave the president some credit.

“I wouldn’t say he’s been soft on terror, but I think he’s made a number of mistakes,” he said. “Bin Laden, fine. A lot of that intelligence that laid the groundwork for what ultimately led to the capture of bin Laden was a result of programs we had in place in the Bush administration.”

Charles Krauthammer Demands An Apology

For a thoroughly gratuitous, knee-jerk smear from the White House. Well, smearing is just about the only talent that Obama has at his disposal. Of course, Obama could blame Valerie Jarrett for the unnecessary insult to the British. Everyone knows that she's the real president.
The story of the bust dates to the early days of Obama's presidency in 2009, when he returned a Churchill bust to the British Embassy that had been loaned to the Bush administration and which sat in the Oval Office. The British Embassy offered to renew the loan, but Obama refused--leading to speculation as to what the cause of his apparent animus towards Britain might be. Some speculated that it might be resentment about the "fact" that his grandfather had been tortured by the British in Kenya--one of many colorful details about Obama's biography that turned out not to be true. The reality was more mundane: Obama sought to downplay any notion of a "special relationship" with Britain--especially one connected to the decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003.

Three-and-a-half years later, Krauthammer referred to the bust incident in a column about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's trip abroad, and the White House suddenly unleashed a furious response, calling the Churchill bust story "100% false," and including a photograph of Obama supposedly showing off the bust to British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010. But Pfeiffer's version of events--and Carney's--did not match the facts as they became known in 2009, and journalists and bloggers went digging for the truth.

Breitbart News' John Sexton unearthed a photograph of the returned bust in the British Embassy in 2009. ABC News' Jake Tapper confirmed that there are in fact two Churchill busts: one permanently in the White House as a gift, the other temporarily in the White House as a loan--which was indeed returned to the British Embassy in 2009. Pfeiffer then added an update to his statement on the White House blog, in which he acknowledged that one bust had been returned: it "was removed by the curator’s office, as is common practice at the end of every presidency," he claimed. And yet the fact remained, as Krauthammer points out in his response to Pfeiffer, that the British Embassy had offered to extend the loan, and Obama had refused.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Valerie Jarrett Cancelled Bin Laden Raid Three Times

Before giving Obama permission on the fourth opportunity. Our shadow president.
At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.

In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the “kill” mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time, according to the book.

Miniter, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, cites an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.

Obama administration officials also said after the raid that the president had delayed giving the order to kill the arch-terrorist the day before the operation was carried out, in what turned out to be his fourth moment of indecision. At the time, the White House blamed the delay on unfavorable weather conditions near bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

But when Miniter obtained that day’s weather reports from the U.S. Air Force Combat Meteorological Center, he said, they showed ideal conditions for the SEALs to carry out their orders.

Bloomberg Even Wants To Regulate What Babies Drink

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.

Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.

Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.

Fresno On The Verge Of Bankruptcy?

The recent bankruptcy filings of three California cities have U.S. investors worried that Fresno could be next to go down this road, according to a major Wall Street financial house.

Vikram Rai, strategist with Citigroup Inc., said bond investors are increasingly asking about the financial health of Fresno out of concern that the city will seek court protection from its debt obligations and that millions of investment dollars will be lost.

Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes have filed for bankruptcy protection this summer.

"Investors worry about contagion," Rai told the Bee. "Many California cities are in a tough situation."

Fears about Fresno in the trading world were reported in Citigroup's investment strategy report, which this month said that "the harsh spotlight (of potential bankruptcy) has shifted to Fresno." 
And San Jose might not be far behind.
There are serious problems in the city of San Jose, California – insolvency due to bloated government, pension obligations, and environmentalists pressuring the city to overspend on job-killing policies.
 Soaring Employee Costs 

The city has seen general revenue increase 19% while the average employee cost has soared 85% despite a 28% reduction in the workforce. This should come as no surprise, given that eighty-six government employees are paid over $100,000. Their jobs titles include “electrician,” “administrative officer,” “program manager II,” and “instrument control supervisor.”

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/07/23/2919873/fresno-bonds-worry-market-amid.html#storylink=cpy

Missouri Going Deep Red

It's hard to believe that the state that produced Harry Truman is now represented by Claire McCaskill. But not for long.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) trails all three of her potential Republican rivals, according to a new survey conducted for two Missouri news outlets, cementing her status as this cycle’s most vulnerable incumbent.

Businessman John Brunner (R) holds the largest advantage over McCaskill, leading by a 52 perent to 41 percent margin. Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) leads by a 49 percent to 41 percent margin. And Rep. Todd Akin (R) leads by a 49 percent to 44 percent margin.

McCaskill’s big problems come among independent voters
. She scores just 40 percent among independents against Akin, and she’s mired in the mid-30s when she’s matched up with Brunner and Steelman.

Mississippi NAACP Leader Jugged For Voter Fraud

I thought this didn't happen! Eric Holder said so.
While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.

In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.

Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.

“This crime cuts against the fabric of our free society,” Judge Webster said.

Algebra Good For You

Even if you never use it after high school. Maybe we ought to start teaching math instead of self-esteem.
Of all of the classes offered in high school, Algebra II is the leading predictor of college and work success, according to research that has launched a growing national movement to require it of graduates.

In recent years, 20 states and the District have moved to raise graduation requirements to include Algebra II, and its complexities are being demanded of more and more students.

The effort has been led by Achieve, a group organized by governors and business leaders and funded by corporations and their foundations, to improve the skills of the workforce. Although U.S. economic strength has been attributed in part to high levels of education, the workforce is lagging in the percentage of younger workers with college degrees, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Not Even Obama Can Make Liberalism Sound Palatable

It took four years, but Barack Obama has finally fulfilled the left’s hopes that he could articulate their philosophy with the same eloquence and clarity that Ronald Reagan explained conservatism. And now they’re wishing he hadn’t. Since scolding America’s entrepreneurs with his declaration that “You didn’t build that,” President Obama and his allies have been furiously backpedalling.
Leftists have lamented for years that the only reason that America has not fully embraced their vision was that they did not have as talented a spokesman to make the sale for them, as conservatives had in Ronald Reagan.

But, as the young ladies in Obama’s audiences swooned and fainted in 2008, the left believed that they finally had their man.

He even believed it, so much so that he gave the Queen of England an iPod preloaded with what he imagined were his most historic speeches. I doubt that she has swooned over a single phrase.

The ensuing four years have been disappointing for the left as Obama has either backed away from leftist rhetoric for fear of jeopardizing a second term or descended into Joe Bideneque fumble mouthery when he has tried to peddle the left’s wares to a skeptical public.

There are a number of problems with the defense that Obama didn’t mean what he clearly said about entrepreneurism. First of all, if we are to believe that Obama was talking about road construction, then we also have to believe that the most articulate leftist in the world and a graduate of Harvard Law School can’t turn in work that would satisfy a third grade composition assignment.

Secondly, Obama was obviously plagiarizing an Elizabeth Warren rant from months earlier.

And both cribbed the speech from the far left UC Berkeley professor who encouraged and coached Occupy Wall Street.
Lakoff developed a linguistic narrative that progressives needed to counter conservatives by focusing on the role of government in enabling individual success, a narrative in which no person became successful on his or her own:
Nobody makes a dollar in this country in business without using the common wealth…. The idea that there’s a self-made man, that’s there’s a self-made millionaire is false, it is absolutely false, and that is the thing that Obama missed…. Without this you don’t have those roads, you don’t have that internet, you don’t have the banking system, etc. [video added at bottom of post]
Read how Lakoff framed the issue in a publication several years ago, then listen to the Obama and Warren speeches, they are not identical but very close substantively and linguistically.

Until recently, on the first page of her campaign website, Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic nominee for the US Senate in Massachusetts, had an embedded YouTube video of herself shrieking that business owners didn’t build it themselves. Like Obama, she argued that entrepreneurs owe their success to government and have little moral claim to their earnings.

It was the state that funded the schools where they were educated. It was the state that constructed the roads that their goods travel on. And, in an unintentional satire, she argued that it was the state that supplied them with a trained work force.

In an ironic twist, Elizabeth Warren even argued that it was the state supplied police force that protected the entrepreneur from wild-eyed leftist mobs of the sort that she and Obama regularly incite.

And because the state made their success possible, Warren and Obama argued that the state deserves a larger cut of the profits.

There is considerable evidence that Elizabeth Warren didn’t make it on her own. To gain professional advantage from affirmative action policies, she has claimed to be a Native American.

If we are to believe Obama’s memoir, he could not have made in into Harvard Law School without affirmative action.

I suppose that it’s natural for leftists who did not earn it on their own to assume that everyone else took shortcuts too.

I’d like to share a couple of paragraphs from a 1983 speech Ronald Reagan delivered on the topic of entrepreneurism so that you can contrast his words with those of Barack Obama.

“The character and conscience of small business built this nation. You know, in his book, “Wealth and Poverty,” George Gilder wrote something about entrepreneurs that I’ve long believed. He said that, ‘Most contribute far more to society than they ever recover, and most of them win no riches at all. They are the heroes of economic life, and those who begrudge them their rewards demonstrate a failure to understand their role and their promise.’

Well, wouldn’t it be nice to hear a little more about the forgotten heroes of America — those who create most of our new jobs, like the owners of stores down the street; the faithful who support our churches, synagogues, schools, and communities; the brave men and women everywhere who produce our goods, feed a hungry world, and keep our families warm while they invest in the future to build a better America? That’s where miracles are made, not in Washington, D.C.”
The fundamental difference is not salesmanship, but substance. Reagan believed that the nation’s creative energy flowed from the entrepreneur and that government fed off the private sector. The left treats the private sector as a parasite that should be charged rent for its free ride.

Government Motors Now Issuing Subprime Loans

It worked out so well last time. But it's more important that Government Motors post good sales numbers for Obama's reelection campaign.
Potential borrowers of car loans are rated on FICO scores that range from 300 to 850. Anything under 660 is generally deemed subprime.

Subprime Key Driver

GM Financial auto loans to customers with FICO scores below 660 rose from 87% of total loans in Q4 2010 to 93% in Q1 2012.

The worse the FICO score, the bigger the increase. From Q4 2010 to Q1 2012, GM Financial loans to customers with the worst FICO scores — below 540 — shot up 79% to more than $2.3 billion. The second worst category, 540-599, rose 28% from about $3.4 billion to $4.3 billion.

Prime loans, those above 660, dropped 42% to $676 million.

Anybody Else Rember Nancy Pelosi's Syrian Suck Up Tour?

After the Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives in 2006, new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi decided to implement her own foreign policy - and started out by sucking up to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
An apparently botched message during a widely discouraged visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Syria this week has U.S. officials criticizing rogue efforts at diplomacy among U.S. politicians.

State Department officials said Thursday they made it quite clear they did not want Pelosi to visit Syria, a nation that is listed as a state sponsor of terror and is home to terror group Hezbollah, which started a low-grade war with Israel last summer.

Pelosi is the highest ranking U.S. official to go to Syria since former Secretary of State Colin Powell visited the nation in 2003. Defying the White House's Middle East policy by meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Pelosi said, "The road to Damascus is a road to peace."

Obama Hands Canadian Oil To The Chinese

The Republicans tried to save this situation, but Obama, Pelosi and Schumer fought them. Now that latter two are begging Canada for a second chance.
[W]ith China's state-run oil company CNOOC poised to cut a $15.1 billion deal--the largest ever foreign acquisition for a Chinese company--with Canadian oil company Nexen, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are in full backpedal mode.

In a draft letter to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Sen. Schumer writes:
I respectfully urge you, in your capacity as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), to withhold approval of this transaction to ensure U.S. companies reciprocal treatment.

Similarly, Rep. Pelosi is now sounding alarms of concern.  In a statement, Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hamill said:

This deal prompts great concern about the Chinese government's continued attempts to use its state-owned enterprises to acquire global energy resources.

Saying "I told you so" offers little solace to concerned Republican lawmakers.

Chick-Fil-A Executive Dies

Egypt's Descent Into Savagery Accelerates

Muslims burn Christians' homes to the ground after a Christian laundry worker damaged a shirt.
An Egyptian security official says Muslim and Christian villagers hurled fire bombs at each other south of Cairo after a Christian laundry worker burnt a Muslim's shirt.

The official says Muslim villagers set fire to Christians' homes on Friday, prompting authorities to deploy forces at the village of Dahshour in Giza province.

Obama's Last Ditch Giveaways

The largest single recipient of general SCSEP funds was – you guessed it – the American Association of Retired Persons Foundation, which pulled down almost $52 million. The AARP Foundation is a wing of the AARP, which stands to make some $1 billion over the next decade thanks to Obamacare and spends hundreds of millions of dollars to push liberal policies. The head of the AARP contributed some $8,900 to Obama’s campaign committees in 2008.

Coincidentally, the DOL is handing $6.6 million to the National Urban League – and it just so happens that President Obama spoke at the NUL this week in an attempt to reinvigorate his black support base.

Obama Did Return Churchill's Bust After All

What is wrong with those amateurs in the White House? They make a big deal refuting Mitt Romeny's comment about Obama's disrespectful return of Winston Churchill's bronze bust, and then get caught in the lie. This is definitely one of those occasions when the cover up is far worse than the crime.
Like a plot twist in a sitcom, IT TURNS OUT THERE ARE TWO CHURCHILL BUSTS!!!!!
The one in the White House Residence was a gift to the White House from the British Embassy during the Nixon administration.
The other one was loaned to President George W. Bush by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Says James Barbour, Press Secretary and Head of Communications for the British Embassy, “The bust of Sir Winston Churchill, by Sir Jacob Epstein, was lent to the George W Bush administration from the UK’s Government Art Collection, for the duration of the Presidency. When that administration came to an end so did the loan; the bust now resides in the British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington DC. The White House collection has its own Epstein bust of Churchill, which President Obama showed to Prime Minister Cameron when he visited the White House in March”

Obama Has Accomplishments?

CBS's Washington, DC affiliate notes that the Democratic National Committee's homepage is filled with anti-Romney attacks, but few boasts about Obama accomplishments. Well, duh!
If the Democratic National Committee’s strategy for victory is to muffle its own party’s achievements and focus more on slamming Republicans, it seems to be doing a good job on its website.

The DNC’s homepage has numerous attack ads against presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, far more than news touting President Obama’s accomplishments in office.

A review of the DNC’s homepage shows a majority of ads mocking Romney from “Romney’s Guide To International Diplomacy” following his comments that London might not be ready for the Olympics with the Twitter hashtag “RomneyShambles,” to attack ads highlighting “Mitt Romney’s $ecret $tash” of money in Swiss bank accounts and his tenure at Bain Capital.

Environmentalist Wackos Opposes Bullet Proof Windows

Because their lives are so empty and meaningless that they have nothing better to do with their time.
Recently proposed LEED updates are so weakly grounded in science that the system would give a credit for avoiding proven US-made products. These products include energy efficient foam insulation and cool vinyl roofing, such as the recently installed vinyl at the DOE headquarters. This credit would also restrict the ability of the federal government to use shatter-resistant, polycarbonate glass, such as this example here, which is essential in protecting buildings such as courthouses, government institutions and prisons from bullets.

The Department Of Justice Opposes Honest Elections

People seemingly voting after they’ve been dead for years. Drug kingpins buying votes from poor people to sway elections. Non-citizens being bussed to the polls and coached on how to vote. Stories of voting fraud are shocking, and states have been taking action to make sure that elections are secure. But the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, has blocked states at almost every turn.

This is the same Justice Department that stopped a non-partisan election reform by arguing that if party affiliation were removed from a ballot, African-American voters wouldn’t be able to identify and vote for the Democrats. Holder has continued to stoke the racial fires, calling a requirement for voters to produce photo identification a “poll tax.” Heritage expert Hans von Spakovsky said this argument is merely political. “Holder continues to perpetuate the incendiary error to the public, knowing that the poll-tax assertion is a racially charged one that should not be used lightly,” von Spakovsky said. He explained:
Even the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—the most liberal appeals court in the country—did not buy the Holder poll tax claim when it reviewed Arizona’s voter ID law. In Gonzalez v. Arizona (2012), the Ninth Circuit held that even though “obtaining the free identification required under [Arizona law] may have a cost,” such immaterial costs are not a poll tax.
Holder is now “investigating” Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, on the left’s charge that it disenfranchises minorities.

The Dead Vote Early And Often In Maryland

Election Integrity Maryland has turned over information to state and county election board officials on 9,000 people listed on voter rolls in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore city who, it says, are deceased or have an improper address.

Asked whether the group has found evidence of voter fraud in the state, Election Integrity Maryland President Cathy Kelleher said it has.

“We have evidence of it we've not made public yet because we're quintuple verifying,” she said. “We have evidence of voters voting long after their deaths.”

Another Second Amendment Win

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Benson Legg decided to lift a stay effective Aug. 7, pertaining to his ruling that will allow Maryland residents to carry handguns without having to show a "good and substantial reason."

Another Fracking Fear Disproved

The anti-science hydraulic fracturing opponents have just been handed another defeat. 
[T]he Associated Press reports that opponents of fracking—including John Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of the anti-fracking film “the Sky is Pink”—claim that chemicals from fracking cause breast cancer in nearby towns, citing spikes in breast cancer rates around sites of intensive drilling.
Yet so far there’s precious little evidence for this claim. Various impartial parties, including the Texas Cancer Registry and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, can’t find any link between fracking and breast cancer:
David Risser, an epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry, said in an email that researchers checked state health data and found no evidence of an increase in the counties where the spike supposedly occurred.

And Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a major cancer advocacy group based in Dallas, said it sees no evidence of a spike, either.

“We don’t,” said Chandini Portteus, Komen’s vice president of research, adding that they sympathize with people’s fears and concerns, but “what we do know is a little bit, and what we don’t know is a lot” about breast cancer and the environment.
Likewise, fears about deep-underground radioactive water getting into public water supplies have turned out to be baseless after extensive testing by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Scott Brown: "I Will Never Demonize You"

What separates Scott Brown from Elizabeth Warren and Barack Hussein Obama.

Romney Jumps To A Five Point Lead

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting 49% of the vote, while President Obama earns support from 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. 

The numbers are similar to the 49% to 43% advantage Romney enjoys on the question of who is trusted more to handle the economy.

Obama's Four Disastrous Little Words

The Obama campaign has elevated poll-testing and focus-grouping to near-clinical heights, and the results drive the president's every action: his policies, his campaign venues, his targeted demographics, his messaging. That Mr. Obama felt required—teeth-gritted—to address the "you didn't build that" meme means his vaunted focus groups are sounding alarms.

The obsession with tested messages is precisely why the president's rare moments of candor—on free enterprise, on those who "cling to their guns and religion," on the need to "spread the wealth around"—are so revealing. They are a look at the real man. It turns out Mr. Obama's dismissive words toward free enterprise closely mirror a speech that liberal Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren gave last August.

Obama's Muslim Problem Worse Than Romney's Mormon Proble.

“President Obama’s “religion” may be just as much of a liability as Mitt Romney’s (actual) Mormon religion. According to a new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, more people are concerned about Obama’s religion (19 percent) than about Romney’s (13 percent).”

“According to the poll, 65 percent of people who say Obama is a Muslim are uncomfortable with him because of it, compared to just 12 percent of those who correctly say he’s a Christian. In Romney’s case, 19 percent of people who know he’s a Mormon say it makes them uncomfortable.”
This still assumes that people who believe that Obama is really a Muslim are incorrect. I will point out that Obama has ignored Easter for at least the last two years but never fails to celebrate Muslim holy days. 

Obama Destroys Faith In The Future

Americans' long term optimism about the US economy falls to an all-time low.
Confidence that the U.S. economy will recover in the next five years has fallen to its lowest level since early 2009. Short-term confidence isn't much better. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that just 31% believe the U.S. economy will be stronger in one year. Thirty-five percent (35%) predict a weaker economy by next year, and 18% more say it will be about the same. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.

Reagan Versus Obama - No Contest

This is your economy on Reagan. This is your economy on Obama. Any questions?

Over the first twelve quarters of the current "recovery," we have only managed a cumulative growth of only 6.7%. At the same point in Reagan's term, we had grown 18.5%. 

Attempted North Korean Coup?

Just one explanation for the movement of troops toward the North Korean capital.
The troop move drew the ire of Ri's main rivals Jang Song-taek, the uncle and guardian of leader Kim Jong-un, and Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, Chosun.com reported. 
While it is clear that the situation on the Korean peninsula was unstable following the death of Kim Jong-il, the news agency makes no mention of whether the troop moves may have been linked to a possible coup d’état.

New Mega Bunker Buster Bomb Ready For Action

If it needed to go today, we would be ready to do that,” Secretary Michael Donley told Danger Room pal Jeff Schogol of Air Force Times. “We continue to do testing on the bomb to refine its capabilities, and that is ongoing. We also have the capability to go with existing configuration today.”

Donley may not have had Iran in mind. The beleaguered Syrian regime of Bashar Assad is threatening to use chemical weapons against a foreign attack. His chemical arsenal is spread out amongst several concealed sites and stands a giant proliferation risk. Not the greatest opportunity for a mega-bomb — intelligence about the sites is dubious — but the U.S. would rather have the option than not. 

Then there’s Iran. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta may have been hinting about the new bomb’s capabilities when he remarked that the U.S. would do a better job of attacking Iran than Israel could. Not that that’s what the Obama administration wants to do.

Virginia's Democrat Senators Both Buck Obama

Virginia's two Democratic U.S. senators, Mark Warner and Jim Webb, are co-sponsoring the legislation, which would alter Obama's five-year blueprint by allowing oil drilling along the Atlantic coast. The president ruled out drilling in the Atlantic after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill similar to Webb's and Warner's this week. Unlike the Webb-Warner bill, however, the House version did not allow for the sharing of lease and royalty revenues with the states hosting the drilling.

Who Is Dane Cook?

I dunno either. But he knows how to get noticed. There's no such thing as bad publicity in the entertainment industry.

On Second Thought

Days after the mass shootings in Colorado, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama still supports a ban on the sale of assault weapons, a restriction that expired in 2004. But he added: "There are things we can do short of legislation and short of gun laws that can reduce violence in our society."

Carney's comments came the day after Obama, in a speech to an African-American group Wednesday in New Orleans, embraced some degree of additional restrictions on guns. He acknowledged that not enough had been done to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and pledged to work with lawmakers from both parties to move forward on the matter.

Another Jewish Organization Has Had It With Obama


Boston's Idiot Mayor Craps In His Own Ice Cream

Menino kicked up the coast-to-coast ruckus when he told the Herald last week “it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to get licenses for a restaurant in Boston. The chain has been eyeing a pair of Hub sites.

The mayor yesterday backed off that threat, calling his quote a “mistake” and a “Menino-ism.”
“I sent (the landlord) a letter, but that’s all. There’s no pressure by me,” he said.

But in the letter — first obtained by the Herald — Menino blasted Cathy for “discrimination” against gays, and wrote, “I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.”

Civil rights experts say Menino’s hints of City Hall chicanery crossed a line — and could reap a lawsuit.

“It’s clearly unconstitutional for the city to deny permits based on a person’s opinions,” UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh said. “It opens the city up to criticism and even litigation.”

Mainstream News Media Learning To Lower Expectations

CNBC is crowing that second quarter economic growth exceeded expectations - 1.5%. Now those are some mighty low expectations. 

Updates coming.

The story is less triumphal than the banner headline. 
U.S. economic growth slowed less than expected in the second quarter as consumers spent at their slowest pace in a year, potentially pushing the Federal Reserve closer to pumping more money into the economy.

Gross domestic product expanded at a 1.5 percent annual rate between April and June, the weakest pace of growth since the third quarter of 2011, the Commerce Department said on Friday. Consensus estimates forecast growth at a 1.3 percent pace.

Bloomberg is a bit less exultant.
The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace in the second quarter as a softening job market prompted Americans to curb spending. 

Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 1.5 percent annual rate after a revised 2 percent gain in the prior quarter, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a 1.4 percent increase. Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the world’s largest economy, grew at the slowest pace in a year.

Romney Pounces On Another Obama Flub

Let's see now. The private sector is "doing fine." Entrepreneurs "didn't build that." And now Obama is telling us that his economic plan "worked!"

Rampant Nepotism In DOJ Hiring

"[T]he pattern of fundamental misconduct described in this report did not stem from ignorance of the rules. Rather, most of the misconduct described in this report -the nepotism, the Prohibited Personnel Practices, the ethical lapses, the false and misleading statements -was the result of bad behavior by individuals insufficiently impressed with the principles of fair and open competition," the IG wrote.

A response to the report from Assistant Attorney General Lee Loftus concurred with its findings and promised to take disciplinary action and implement recommendations to stop the improper hiring.

It Not Hard Being Green

Following an enduring Washington tradition, Wagle shifted from the private sector, where his firm hoped to profit from federal investments, to an insider’s seat in the administration’s $80 billion clean-energy investment program. 

He was one of several players in venture capital, which was providing financial backing to start-up clean-tech companies, who moved into the Energy Department at a time when the agency was seeking outside expertise in the field. At the same time, their industry had a huge stake in decisions about which companies would receive government loans, grants and support.

During the next three years, the department provided $2.4 billion in public funding to clean-energy companies in which Wagle’s former firm, Vantage Point Venture Partners, had invested, a Washington Post analysis found. Overall, the Post found that $3.9 billion in federal grants and financing flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama administration staffers and advisers. 

Obama’s program to invest federal funds in start-up companies — and the failure of some of those companies — is becoming a rallying cry for opponents in the presidential race. Mitt Romney has promised to focus on Obama’s “record” as a “venture capitalist.” And in ads and speeches, conservative groups and the Republican candidates are zeroing in on the administration’s decision to extend $535 million to the now-shuttered solar firm Solyndra and billions of dollars more to clean-tech start-ups backed by the president’s political allies.
In summary:  “$3.9 billion in federal grants and financing flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama administration staffers and advisers.”

Obama Flops On Education Too

We need an educated workforce. Obama promised to create one. Another epic failure.

Early in his presidency, Barack Obama promised the United States would lead the world in college graduates by 2020 — a signature promise he’s reminded people of many times since.

But his own administration’s numbers show he won’t come close.

The goal is a key part of the president’s long-term economic plan: Only by having an educated workforce, he argues, can the country hope to stay competitive. For a president who’s running for a second term in large part on having the plans to make the right improvements to the economy, this is a central part of his argument on the central issue of the election.

But the realities of ballooning costs, budget cuts and underprepared students are in his way. If gains were to continue at the same rate they have on average for the past five years, it would take until 2036 for the country to reach Obama’s goal for 60 percent of Americans ages 25-34 to have college degrees, based on a POLITICO analysis using methodology suggested by the Education Department. In 2011, only 43.1 percent of this group had college degrees.
As I have written on multiple occasions, our higher education system is a mess - turning out too many women's studies and gay studies majors and too few mathematicians and engineers. Obama has done nothing to correct that except flap his yap. One reason is that the so-called "area studies" and the humanities' faculty lounges are populated almost exclusively by far-left liberal Democrats. And Obama is not going to offend them.

It's Okay For Jews To Vote For Romney

A Timeline Of Democrat Tax Return Twisting

Mitt Romney should release his tax returns. Democrats shouldn't have to release theirs.
Pelosi also weighed in on the pressure on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney to release additional years of tax returns.
“The American people seem to want to know,” Pelosi said. “His father set the standard for transparency. ... This is a tradition that he is breaking not only personal in his family but for candidates for president of the United States. You want to run for president, the ante is upped.”
Facing questions about why she and other top Congressional officials won’t release their tax returns, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed her previous demands for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release his, calling the issue a distraction. . . .
“We spent too much time on that. We should be talking about middle-income tax cuts,” Pelosi said after answering two questions about the issue. . . .
“Some people think the same standard should be held to the ownership of the news media in the country who are writing these stories about all of this. What do you think of that?” she asked.
Congressional leaders were defiant Thursday that Capitol Hill lawmakers should not release their tax returns — even as Democrats kept demanding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney release his.

Michelle Bachman Was Right

Huma Abedin is entangled with the Muslim Brotherhood - and quite possibly other terrorist organizations.
1. Abedin's mother is not only a member of the Muslim Sisterhood but also sits on its Guidance Bureau (along with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's wife).

2. Abedin's mother is also a board member of the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief. This council has been banned in Israel for its support of Hamas.

3. Abedin's brother has alleged ties to Omar Naseef and Sheikh Yusus al-Qaradawi, two of the most influential terror supporters in the world.

4. Abedin became involved in the Institute for Minority Muslim Affairs (IMMA) during the Clinton presidency and remained involved with that group until leaving it for a position with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in 2008. During this time the IMMA was backed by Omar Naseef, one of the influential terror supporters with whom Abedin's brother has alleged ties. 

5. Abedin's mother is also heavily involved in the IMMA.

When we take these things into consideration, along with the fact that Sec. Clinton recently overrode Congressional objections and sent a $1.5 billion lump-sum payment to Morsi's Islamist government in Egypt, it only makes sense to investigate what influence the Muslim Brotherhood may be having over our foreign policy.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Failing State Accelerates Failure

Not content with committing itself to a $100 billion high speed rail project that it can't afford, now California is replacing its environmentally unfriendly irrigation system with one that's nicer to the fish.
California Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday unveiled a multibillion-dollar plan for two giant tunnels that would dramatically reconfigure the state’s water delivery system.
The nearly $24 billion project aims to help restore the habitat of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and improve the reliability of water supplies to the arid central and southern parts of the state.
The state already has two massive aqueducts that move water from the north to the south, but the way in which the water is transferred has severely damaged fish populations and degraded their habitat in the delta.
The planned project is similar to one Brown approved three decades ago when he was first governor. Voters rejected that project amid vociferous opposition from northern California residents. A similar political battle will be fought this time around.

Janet Incompitano: "I Dunno"

Janet Napolitano was asked a perfectly predictable question that any, remotely competent person in her position must know. She didn't. Or she played dumb.
In her opening statement, Secretary Napolitano boasted about how many weapons have been seized by federal agents.

“This decrease in apprehensions of those seeking to enter the country illegally, one of the best indicators of illegal immigration attempts, is combined with increased seizures in drugs, weapons, cash and contraband,” said Secretary Napolitano.

Congressman Chaffetz contested that boast with a pointed question.

“The president, yourself, the attorney general have all said that the Southwest border is more secure than it has ever been before,” Mr. Chaffetz said. “In Operation Fast and Furious, the government purposely allowed nearly 2,000 weapons to get into the hands of the drug cartels. How many of those weapons were detained at the border? Any?”

Secretary Napolitano simply replied, “I couldn’t answer that.”

Condoleezza Rice Is Talking Like A Vice Presidential Candidate

Today, she writes a fabulous article on US foreign policy.
[W]e cannot forget that strength begins at home. Global leadership rests upon a strong economy built on fiscal discipline and robust private sector growth. Ultimately, our success depends on mobilising human potential, something the US has done better than any country in history. Ours has been a story of possibility, not grievance and entitlement. Ambitious people have come from all over the world to seek out the opportunities America provides. The absence of a humane and sustainable national immigration policy threatens this great asset. 

Our talent has historically come from every part of American society, without regard to class and economic circumstance. But when a child’s zip code determines whether she will get a good education, we are losing generations to poverty and despair. The crisis in US education is the greatest single threat to our national strength and cohesion.

The American people have to be inspired to lead again. They need to be reminded that the US is not just any other country: we are exceptional in the clarity of our conviction that free markets and free peoples hold the key to the future, and in our willingness to act on those beliefs. Failure to do so would leave a vacuum, likely filled by those who will not champion a balance of power that favours freedom. That would be a tragedy for American interests and values and those who share them.

Where's The Capital Of Israel? Inquiring Minds Want To Know

Jon Corzine's Still Escaping Prosecution

It's amazing what you can purchase from the Obama Administration for a million bucks.
As the march to the November elections heats up, voters can expect to find fewer and fewer issues that unite Democrats and Republicans.

Yet one emerging issue appears to be gathering enough steam to produce a rare point of bipartisan agreement: the Justice Department’s unwillingness or inability to charge, prosecute and seek conviction of a single Wall Street executive in the wake of the largest financial collapse in U.S. history.

One of the most glaring examples of the cronyism that has ground the process to a halt can be seen in the lack of any real action against former MF Global chief Jon Corzine.

Sixty-five members of Congress have signed a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. requesting that he appoint a special prosecutor to investigate MF Global’s collapse and the loss of $1.6 billion in customer money. As the New York Times has noted, “Mr. Holder has the ultimate authority to decide whether a special counsel is necessary.”

Obama's DOJ Not Committed To First Amendment

It isn't just the Second Amendment that Obamatons don't like. They don't approve of any liberties. 

Rahm Emanuel Slaps Chick-Fil-A, Hugs Louis Farrakahn

Ignoring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday welcomed the army of men dispatched to the streets by Farrakhan to stop the violence in Chicago neighborhoods...

“People of faith have a role to play and community leaders have a role to play in helping to protect our neighborhoods and our citizens. You cannot get there on just one piece of an anti-crime strategy,” the mayor said. 

“The police have a role to play. Tearing down abandoned buildings has a role to play. Shutting liquor stores that are a cancer in the community have a role to play. Community leaders have a role to play. Pastors have a role to play. Principals have a role to play. And most importantly, parents have roles to play. They have decided, the Nation of Islam, to help protect the community. And that’s an important ingredient, like all the other aspects of protecting a neighborhood.” 
Oh, and by the way: Louis Farrakahn opposes gay marriage too.

Meanwhile, in the world of Rahm Emanuel, the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain owner's views on traditional marriage is an intolerable threat to civil society. 
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy was quoted last week as saying he was “guilty as charged” for supporting, what he called the “biblical definition” of marriage as between a man and a woman.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy was quoted as saying. 

Appearing on the Ken Coleman Show, Cathy was further quoted as saying, “I think we’re inviting God’s judgment when we shake our fist at him, you know, [saying], ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ And I pray on God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try and redefine what marriage is all about.”

Cathy’s comments have infuriated gay rights activists across the nation, prompting their political allies to take a stand against the company.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has said Chick-fil-A “doesn’t belong in Boston” because of Cathy’s discriminatory stance.

On Wednesday, the tag team of Emanuel and Moreno joined the chorus, citing Cathy’s anti-gay views. The only question is whether they have a legal leg to stand on.

The US Is Now Importing Corn

Don't blame the drought. Blame corn ethanol.
The problem here is the man-made element that is exacerbating the U.S. drought. There should be plenty of corn from U.S. reserves after recent record harvests for exports — 61 million metric tons in 2008 — were it not for the 2007 law that forces U.S. corn producers to turn ever greater percentages of U.S. corn into ethanol.

"As biofuel production develops and expands, it will continue to put pressure on U.S. corn and other feed grain production, exports, livestock feeding, and other domestic uses," the Agriculture Department says.

Today, 40% of our corn is consumed by ethanol making — the filling of gas tanks instead of stomachs. And another 20% is being destroyed by drought this year.

NBC Pronounces Bullshit On NBC

This morning, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, NBC political director Chuck Todd admitted their poll had a skewed sample (around 3:50 mark) and stated that, if this poll were weighted similarly to their last poll, the race would have been unchanged, instead of Obama extending his lead over Romney to 6 points. (Of course, this invites the question as to why they didn't use the same weighting in this sample.)

Credit to Mr. Todd, then. Of course, when he previewed the polls results on a local NBC affiliate yesterday, he didn't mention anything about the skewed sample. And, of course, his acknowledgement that the poll oversampled Democrats by a wide margin hasn't stopped him from opining about lots of other information "found" in the poll.

Obama Loses Andrew Sullivan?

The Democrats' favorite "conservative" loses it after being told that he "didn't build that."
[M]y own view is that, sure, government helps the individual in a market economy. Without a strong government, there is no effective market economy. Unlike some contemporary conservatives, apparently, I have read Adam Smith. I had a government-paid education through college that was among the best in the world. My healthcare as a kid was socialized. The fact that I have managed to make a living through writing was undoubtedly helped, nourished and sustained by public sector investment – not least of which was the Internet itself, made possible by defense spending.

But whatever success I have had is also due to my own efforts. I was the first in my family to go to college and became a classic American immigrant – arriving with a scholarship and now living my own small version of the American Dream. Six other people now have jobs because I spent six years blogging for nothing. Producing the kind of output on the Dish for twelve years is something you have to be devoted to. It takes real elbow grease. I’m ok with paying half my income to various levels of government as the price of having this opportunity, but I’d rather not be told I’m lucky not to pay much more. Or that I somehow owe much of it to someone else I don’t know.

Obama Regime Caves To PETA

Encourages employees to go meatless
On Wednesday, Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran called on Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to explain why the agency’s employee newsletter encouraged them to not eat meat and participate in the “Meatless Monday” initiative for the environment.

“One simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias is to participate in the ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative http://www.meatlessmonday.com/,” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) July 23, 2012 “Greening Headquarters Update” read. “This international effort, as the name implies, encourages people not to eat meat on Mondays. Meatless Monday is an initiative of The Monday Campaign Inc. in association with the John Hopkins School of Public Health.”

Kim Jong Un's Excellent Horse-Like Lady

Now that he's the absolute dictator, nobody can keep Kim Jong Un from the one he loves.
North Korean state television announced last night that the new leader Kim Jung-un had a wife, identified as “comrade Ri Sol-ju.” The comment came during a report on Kim’s visit to an amusement park, part of the long tradition of “looking at things” leadership North Korea helped pioneer. From Newser:
North Korean media showed Kim and Ri smiling broadly at each other, Kim leaning slightly toward her, as they inspected the newly opened Rungna People's Pleasure Ground, at one point watching a dolphin show… The news anchor spoke briefly, almost off-handedly, in identifying Ri, but gave no details, including how long she and Kim have been married.
The twenty-seven-year old Kim, recently elevated to the highest rank of the North Korean army, had been seen with a female companion for months, leading to speculation he was dating Hyon Song-wol, a North Korean “pop star” known for such patriotic tunes as “Excellent Horse-like Lady”.

Porn Kingpins For Obama

In his recent Northwest campaign swing, Barack Hussein Obama-Kardashian thanked Terry Bean for raising so much money.

When he's not serving as on of Obama top bundlers, Terry Bean's day job is the "Gay Porn Kingpin."
“I want to thank someone who put so much work into this event, Terry Bean," President Obama said as the crowd began to cheer. "Give Terry a big round of applause.”

Terry Bean is, according to the New York Post, a "gay-porn kingpin."

"ONE of the 'bundlers' who has raised $50,000 to $100,000 for the Barack Obama presidential campaign is Terrence Bean, who once controlled the biggest producer of gay porn in America," the Post reported in 2008, during the president's first run the office. "Bean, the first gay on Sen. Obama's National Finance Committee, is the sole trustee of the Charles M. Holmes Foundation, which owned Falcon Studios, Jock Studios and Mustang Studios, the producers of about $10 million worth of all-male pornography a year."

The Post added:
In 2002, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongowski returned a $15,000 contribution from Conwest to avoid the "taint" of the porn connection. Bean told Page Six yesterday, "I asked the company to donate, and they did. To avoid the appearance of anything, he [Kulongowski] returned it."